What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

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What turned you on to electronic/synth music?

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat May 31, 2008 4:39 pm

For me it was a series of 'Switched On Records' like 'Switched On Bach' by W. Carlos.

I used to play those gems on maximum volume on my Dad's old Leak Stereo.

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Post by megawatt » Sat May 31, 2008 4:50 pm

For me it was listening to the radio show Hearts Of Space out of Berkeley where I first heard Klaus Shultz, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno. I used to listen to it on my walkman in Jr. Highschool in the middle of the night under my pillow.

Then later in college it was the West Coast rave culture in early 90's, the Mo Wax label and Aphex Twin.
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Post by Synthaholic » Sat May 31, 2008 5:17 pm

I was in the class of 1985. 'Nuff said. ;)
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Post by JSRockit » Sat May 31, 2008 5:18 pm

Kraftwerk, Hip-Hop, and a Boss DR-660 drum machine.
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Post by Suburban Bather » Sat May 31, 2008 5:23 pm

The Residents, classic rock that had synths, late 80's to mid 90's industrial, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Add N To X, and my first underground ware house rave in Baltimore.

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Post by JMP » Sat May 31, 2008 5:24 pm

Dr Who theme tune (early 80's version done on the CS80 and Arp Odyssey) then Equinox by JMJ.

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Post by sacredcow » Sat May 31, 2008 5:35 pm

The Chemical Brothers- Dig Your Own Hole
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Post by nathanscribe » Sat May 31, 2008 5:56 pm

A friend played me some Pet Shop Boys remixes around '87 - I'd never liked their chart stuff but the extended versions opened my ears to things a little, and I moved on to New Order and Depeche Mode. Oddly enough, it's only recently I've 'discovered' Tangerine Dream. Heard of them but never really listened before - Rubycon's on as I type. 8)

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Post by discointellect » Sat May 31, 2008 5:58 pm

Kraftwerk. And not so much the music but because of something I read in some kids magazine ("Look In" or something similar I think) at the time "The Model" was released which said something along the lines of "Most bands complain that they can't get their studio sound on stage - this isn't a problem for German band Kraftwerk, who take their studio on stage with them." And I thought "Cool!". But I think I have some sort of genetic disposition to pushing buttons and loving odd noises anyway. Oh, and I loved the Art of Noise when I first heard them, so they'd probably get some credit too.

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Post by gcoudert » Sat May 31, 2008 6:02 pm

Kraftwerk and Jarre sparked off my interest but it was ELO's "Time" album (1981) and Secret Service's "Cutting Corners" (1982) that made me want to own a synth and experiment with sounds.

I got my first synth (a second-hand Juno 60) in 1985 and the second one (JX-3P) a year later.

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Post by AstroDan » Sat May 31, 2008 6:14 pm

New Order's 'Substance' was the gateway. Before that I couldn't really get into music that had "keyboards".

Incidentally - I still have the original first issue double album, compact disc from around 1988 and it sounds incredible. Impressive mastering for 20 year old digital technology.
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